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Royal Oak
Ranked #3 of 3 Dunsford B&B and Inns
Reviewed September 22, 2013

Stayed here for two nights this months and couldn't fault it.Our room was clean and comfortable and we were made very welcome by Mark and Judy.Food was good and plentiful.....especially breakfast!!! Can't understand the bad reviews.We loved it and we will definitely be back!!
Jellie our dog loved it too!!!!

  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 6, 2013

We only ate there so unsure on hotel facilities. Its a bit of an eyesore in a lovely little village but had been met so warmly and had great service in The tea rooms opposite thought we would give The Royal Oak a go too.. ...Huge Mistake.. . Possibly called on a bad night but it seems that unless you have the special of the night your order is fitted in when possible (Fish & Chip night Monday). The Land lady informed me in no uncertain terms Special would be fairly quick and anything else who knows. Food arrived after 1 hour and 10 mins. and was totally tasteless. Thankfully plenty of pepper on table Her attitude towards locals was very warm although towards us visitors from Wales very cold. Will not be going back

  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed August 6, 2013

It was recommended that we eat here whilst staying at nearby Clifford Bridge, what a let down! We visited on Fish & Chip night (Tuesday) and the building was dilapidated and shabby to say the least. There were cobwebs and resident spiders in every corner of the room and everything was dated, not quaint like other local pubs. My husband ordered our meals which were straight forward pie and chips and kids meals of egg & chips and Goujons & chips, but was told that we could expect a long wait as their priority was fish & chips and the others would take longer to prepare and cook!! We were one of the first for evening meals as they started serving at 7 and we were there about 5 minutes before. When asked how long exactly as my husband is diabetic and needed to take insulin at least 15 minutes before, the landlady shrugged and said she didn't know and her attitude was that she didn't care either. We had already had our drinks so thought we would wait and over an hour later the meals arrived. The waitress was lovely and friendly and the food looked good.....but by then we were so hungry slop would have looked good! The food was hot, but the steak pie lacked flavour and there was very little meat in either pie. The kids meals were ok. To top it all, there was a cat roaming freely among the diners waiting for food. The landlady was very polite and chatty to locals, but was quite rude to us. A huge disappointment after a high recommendation from a couple of locals.

  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled with family
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Thank Andrea T
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Judy H, Owner at Royal Oak, responded to this reviewResponded April 23, 2014

I'm really sorry you were so disappointed with your visit to our pub. I was especially sad you felt I was rude as I feel strongly about making all our customers very welcome. When we are very busy it is obviously more difficult to give all customers as much attention as I may like, but I am always being told off for chatting too much!
We are always particularly careful when we find one of our customers is diabetic and ensure that their meal is given when needed or else we offer bread or biscuits while they are waiting if we are not able to produce the meal quickly enough.
We appreciate your comments regarding the cobwebs and are on the case! [No spiders here!] The cat is a well-fed family pet and is allowed in the bar as long as no-one objects. We do ask our customers if he appears to be bothering them and most people insist that he stays to keep them company!
We realise that it is very difficult to please everyone, but have found after nineteen years of running our much-loved business that we do seem to appeal to some lovely people [both local and visiting] who enjoy our hospitality . We would like to think that we can take your comments and try to improve our service . We are in the process of decorating the outside of the pub ourselves [when the weather is suitable!] and hope we will soon be as beautiful as the rest of the village.

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Reviewed April 26, 2013

A warm welcome from Mark and Judy was a promising beginning to our recent two night stay. Four of us on a cycle-tour really enjoyed genuine hospitality. Food was hearty and plentiful, Jail Ale flavoursome, accommodation just right. Breakfast was smashing-just dont' ask for beans with your egg! Couldn't fault this place.

Stayed: April 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed January 18, 2013

Building is falling apart. The bar area is tatty and everything needs work,especially the porch where the rotten eaves let water drip onto unsuspecting patrons.
We went for a meal on their fish and chip night (Friday) . I can't speak for the rest of their menu but this night the fish was wet inside the batter (frozen?) the chips were oven done and not tasty at all. I had a steak. Why they bothered to ask me how Iwould like it done is beyond me. It was a cheap cut of meat badly cooked.
This pub opens at 6.30pm in winter, we think this is too late. No welcoming lights out even 1 minute before opening it looks like no one is in.
It is a shame for such a pub to be the only one in a pretty area. Real shame.

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  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 30, 2012

I recently spent 2 nights b+b at the Royal Oak in the beautiful village of Dunsford with my partner. From the moment we arrived to the minute we left Judy and Mark the owners afforded us with warm friendly service and nothing was too much trouble. The food was hearty and plentiful and the converted barn rooms cosy, perfect on a cold chilly October night ! The menagerie of animals at the top of the garden was a delight to find , the lop-eared rabbits and geese being my personal favourites :) I wouldn't hesitate in recommending the Royal Oak as an ideal weekend getaway in a beautiful part of Devon.

  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 20, 2012

Tatty, unkempt, dusty and hair in the bed and shower.
Beds comfy and had a good nights sleep.
Shower had no pressure and the water came out as if it was a tap not a shower, and ran cold.
Room way too small for 2 adults and 2 children.
Breakfast consisted of cereals,toast, orange juice or milk and a full English with a choice of eggs, however my full English consisted of one cheap sausage, one tomato, 3 mushrooms halved, 2 rashers cheap bacon and 2 good quality eggs, the toast was either cheap white sliced or decent seeded granary.
Landlady friendly and helpful, the landlord completely ignored us when we spoke to him.
The views are absolutely stunning!!

  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled with family
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Additional Information about Royal Oak

Address: Dunsford, Dartmoor National Park EX6 7DA, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > Devon > Dartmoor National Park > Dunsford
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 3 B&Bs / Inns in Dunsford
Price Range: $35 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 4
Also Known As:
Royal Oak Dunsford, Devon

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